Author Archives: Rebecca Reingold

05.16.18

A Lack of Consensus around Surrogacy Regulation at the National Level

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For many years, surrogacy laws around the world have been in flux. Currently, the Canadian Parliament is considering a bill that would repeal the current legal prohibitions against paying for a surrogate. In the UK, the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have announced they will review various laws that regulate surrogacy as […]

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04.11.18

Rethinking Obstetric Violence: Is Criminalization Really the Only Way Forward?

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This post was written by Isabel Barbosa and Rebecca Reingold in honor of the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. Obstetric violence is disrespectful, abusive, and neglectful treatment by health providers during the provision of health care related to pregnancy, childbirth, and the post-partum period in both public and private settings. Experiences of obstetric violence include: physical abuse; humiliation […]

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03.19.18

Breaking the Cycle of Violence against Women and Housing Instability

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This post was written by Brenna Gautam and Rebecca Reingold.  In the U.S., there is a profound stigma around being homeless and negative stereotypes about people experiencing homelessness are commonplace, painting them as lazy, addicted, mentally ill and potentially dangerous. Such stigma and stereotypes frequently distract us from serious challenges faced by people who experience […]

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03.05.18

Overcoming Barriers to Legal Abortion in Argentina

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This post was written by Camila Leone and Rebecca Reingold. On February 22, the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, announced that the country’s legislature will debate a bill that would decriminalize abortion on broader grounds. Currently, abortion is only legal when the pregnancy poses a risk to women’s life or health and in case of […]

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01.29.18

Understanding Black Women’s Heightened Risk of Maternal Mortality in the U.S.

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This post was written by Brenna Gautam and Rebecca Reingold.  U.S. maternal mortality ratios are the highest in the developed world and are rising, in contrast to global trends. The national rate, however, hides an even more troubling fact: black women in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white women […]

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12.20.17

#MeToo: Who is being left out?

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This year’s #MeToo movement has triggered a national reckoning with sexual harassment and misconduct in the U.S. However, the movement began 10 years ago when Tarana Burke founded a nonprofit organization aimed at supporting survivors of sexual harassment and assault. Tarana explains that “from the start of #MeToo going viral and the recognition of my years […]

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10.20.17

Unconstitutional and Unacceptable: H.R. 36’s 20-Week Abortion Ban

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This post was written by Brenna Gautam and Rebecca Reingold. Earlier this month, on October 3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 36, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” Under H.R. 36, it is a crime for any person to perform an abortion if the probable post-fertilization age of the fetus is 20 weeks […]

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10.03.17

GHL LLM Students Observe Global Health Governance in Action

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Last week, students of Georgetown’s Global Health Law LLM program attended the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference (Conference) in Washington, D.C.

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08.04.17

Reproductive Rights in Flux: Updates from Latin America and the Caribbean

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This post was written by Rebecca Reingold and Priscila Valencia. Despite the tremendous strides made towards the realization of reproductive rights in Latin America and the Caribbean in recent decades, the region remains home to the majority of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. However, reproductive rights advocates are leading efforts to change that in […]

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04.27.17

At the Intersection of Brain Development & the Criminal Justice System: Young Adult Courts

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This post was written by Laura Malavé-Seda and Rebecca Reingold. In the summer of 2015, San Francisco established the U.S.’s first Young Adult Court (YAC), which strives to align opportunities for accountability and transformation with the unique needs and developmental stage of eligible young adults, ages 18-25. It acknowledges the fact that “[o]ur traditional justice system […]

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